CMS Releases New Tools and Launches Initiatives Linked to Patient Safety

CMS has released a new online tool to empower consumers to make informed choices about their health care. The Quality Care Finder links consumers with all of Medicare’s compare tools in one convenient location (www.Medicare.gov/QualityCareFinder). Also released is a revised Hospital Compare website with additional data related to outpatient surgical infections and heart attack care (www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov).     Dr. Don Berwick, CMS Administrator, states “These tools are new ways CMS is making sure consumers have… important information they need to make the best decisions about where to receive high-quality care.”

AHRQ Issues Healthcare Associated Infections Research Protocol

“Closing the Gap:   Prevention of Health Care-Associated Infections” updates a 2007 AHRQ report, recognizing the “volume and range of activity” in reducing HAIs.   The report expands to healthcare settings other than hospitals, including ambulatory surgery centers; focuses on infections relating to surgical sites, and the use of central lines, catheters, and ventilators; discussing the link between quality improvement strategies and reduction of HAIs.

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“Closing the Gap: Prevention of Health Care-Associated Infections” updates a 2007 AHRQ report, recognizing the “volume and range of activity” in reducing HAIs. The report expands to healthcare settings other than hospitals, including ambulatory surgery centers; focuses on infections relating to surgical sites, and the use of central lines, catheters, and ventilators; discussing the link between quality improvement strategies and reduction of HAIs.

27 Missouri Hospitals Aim for 25% Reduction in Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections by 2012

Hospital Acquired Infection, HAI, meets aggressive new national and statewide program to lower risk, save lives and reduce cost.

Jefferson City, Missouri – July 7, 2011 – Twenty-five percent of hospital inpatients have an indwelling urinary catheter at some point during their hospitalization.   Each day, these patients have an estimated 5% risk of developing a catheter-associated urinary tract infection, or CAUTI.   This risk is multiplied each day the catheter remains in use.     CAUTI is the most common type of hospital-acquired infection, HAI, in U.S. hospitals equaling 40% of all HAIs.

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5 Years of Progress – 2010 – JUST RELEASED!

Pride in our work! We think it really shows in our recently published report: 5 Years of Progress-2010.

Safety improvement involves everyone who drives the delivery of health care, and many have established important partnerships with the Center.   Together, in just five years, we established the Center as a leader in PSO services, working with more than 180 providers to report medical mistakes, efficiently learn valuable information from those mistakes, and take actions aimed at prevention. (more…)

Training Resources to Reduce HAIs for Clinicians and Families

The HHS has released “Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections”, an on-line tool for clinicians and family caregivers, including videos on use of protocols to protect patient, visitors, and practitioners from infections by promoting behaviors that reduce the risk of infections.

CUSP/Stop CAUTI Kick-Off!

National Faculty and Location Confirmed

The Kick-off for the CUSP/Stop CAUTI collaborative, scheduled Friday, June 10 will be held at the Courtyard Marriot in Columbia.   National faculty for the Kick off include Dr. Sanjay Saint from the University of Michigan presenting on clinical components of the CAUTI project; Sam Watson from the Michigan Hospital Association; and Melinda Sawyer from Johns Hopkins Quality and Research Group presenting on CUSP.   Collaborative participants, be sure to RSVP to Marilyn Nichols ([email protected]) if you plan to attend. Learn more

 

HHS Gives Outstanding Leadership Award for Achievements in Eliminating Ventilator Associated Pneumonia and Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

The Center is so proud of our friend, colleague and faculty member, Pat Posa RN, BSN, MSA, for her leading role in earning the US Department of Health and Human Services Outstanding Leadership Award for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan!  Pat is the System Performance Improvement Leader at St. Joseph Mercy Health System.
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PSO Case Law: Ungurian v. Beyzman, et al., 2020 PA Super 105:

A recent Pennsylvania case shows how courts narrowly interpret the PSQIA, ignoring the D & A pathway and the clear language of the Final Rule. (Ungurian v. Beyzman, et al., 2020 PA Super 105). The cour

Joint Commission New Sentinel Event Alert 61: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants:

The Center for Patient Safety wants to share this important harm-prevention advice from The Joint Commission and its Sentinel Event Alert: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants. The Joint Commis

CPS Safety Watch/Alert – Culture Can Improve the Control of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms:

Issue: A number of events reported co CPS’ Patient Safety Organization (PSO) demonstrate poor handoff communication about the patients’ infectious disease status Examples include: Patient with

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